Get on board the mobile train to Africa and beyond
Digital is transforming Africa and Asia. The speed of change even surprised a mission staffer who returned for a short visit to his former West African country, and saw just how widespread digital had become:
Africa is changing! Cassettes and CDs are beginning to disappear. In two weeks of teaching the Bible, there were numerous computers, tablets and smartphones. Many connect to the Internet and use social media.
The invasion of new technologies makes missions rethink the ways of spreading the Gospel. Instead of brochures and cassettes, SD cards or mini SDs are distributed. They are light and discreet. Where the opposition can be strong, it’s an important tool. I was able to offer several cards to key contacts.
In a very simple house where I expected astonishment when I offered an SD card, my host immediately went to get his mini radio and slipped the card in! And all the house began to listen to the Sermon on the Mount in their mother tongue!”
Across the Majority World, digital has become the key that unlocks knowledge, education, evangelism and discipleship. Now we need the training and envisioning from practicitioners who understand the opportunities. Here are three major opportunities:
Indigitous # sessions
Indigitous have presented short conferences and training days across Africa. (On November 14, there is one in Nairobi.) They encourage people to set up ‘Indigitious #’ events in their town. (Say it “Indigitous hash”.) More details.
Mobile Ministry Consultation
After arranging several annual consultations in Florida, the Mobile Ministry Forum plan the next in Zelhem, Netherlands, April 17-8 2015. If you want to learn more of these amazing mobile ministry opportunities, with particular reference to the Majority World, see more.
Mobile Ministry distance-learning course
Although the final course for this year is already underway, you will have the opportunity in 2015. Check the site.
- Your phone, God’s Glory
- The Mobile Ministry Handbook
- Insiders Guide to Mobile
- More free ebooks on digital ministry
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